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13.10.2017

Ukraine’s SBU detain Crimean activists “in Russian FSB style”

Civic activists have reacted with strong scepticism to the claims made by the Lviv SBU [Security Service] in explaining the searches and detention on October 12 of up to 12 activists, including two well-known Crimeans, forced to flee their home after Russia’s invasion | detail

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29.09.2017

Moving message of solidarity from Kremlin hostage Roman Sushchenko on sentence of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov

There has been widespread condemnation of Russia’s two-year prison sentence on Crimean Tatar leader lmi Umerov “for voicing dissent against the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula”. The most poignant was from Roman Sushchenko, the Ukrainian journalist seized by the Russian FSB almost exactly a year ago | detail

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27.09.2017

Sentence to silence Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov on trial for words he didn’t utter

Russia’s trial on openly falsified charges of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has reached its squalid end, with the real aim likely to be reflected in a ban on public activities, accompanying the demanded suspended sentence. No reversion to rule of law is anticipated, although the verdict is due a day after a UN monitoring report expressed exactly the same position on Russia’s illegal occupation of Ukrainian Crimea as that for which Russia has put 60-year-old Umerov on trial. | detail

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22.09.2017

Russia sentences Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing the UN’s stand on Crimea

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed a two and a half year suspended sentence on Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing his opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea.  It was thus found that an opinion piece written by Semena contained ‘public calls to action aimed at violating Russia’s territorial integrity’.  His position expressed in the article fully coincided with that expressed by the UN General Assembly, EU, OSCE, and all democratic countries, as well as with that in a number of international treaties which Russia has ratified. | detail

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21.09.2017

Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov’s powerful final words in surreal proceedings where ‘traitors put patriots on trial’

Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has ended his final address (translated here) to a de facto court under Russian occupation by suggesting that they will all meet again at the international courts at the Hague and these are no empty words | detail

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20.09.2017

FSB caught red-handed falsifying the charges against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov

Russia’s FSB rejected at least one translation of the interview given by Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov because the translator neither found nor invented the supposed ‘public calls to violate Russian territorial integrity” which Russia wanted to charge Umerov with | detail

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19.09.2017

Court in occupied Crimea demands 3-year suspended sentence for journalist over criticism of Russia’s annexation

The prosecution in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded a three-year suspended sentence for Mykola Semena, the 67-year-old journalist on trial for expressing his opinion - and the position of international treaties which Russia remains a party to. De facto prosecutor Svetlana Petrovna Budinskaya also proposed to ban Semena from engaging in any public activities for three years. | detail

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08.09.2017

Crippling fine imposed on Crimean Tatar woman for comment on Putin quote

 “You have no rights” is what the mother of a young Crimean Tatar woman was told when Russian enforcement officers arrived to search their home.  This, it was claimed, was because the young woman, Zarema* from Bakhchysarai had “behaved badly to the Russian-speaking population”. | detail

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04.09.2017

Death threats & likely arrest used to drive Ukrainian activist from Russian-occupied Crimea

Leonid Kuzmin, the head of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Crimea has become the latest Ukrainian activist to be forced out of Russian-occupied Crimea after receiving both death threats and warnings that he could end up imprisoned | detail

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22.08.2017

Russian experts blast rigged ‘evidence’ for Crimean Tatar leader’s ‘separatism’ trial

The authoritative Moscow Guild of Linguists has totally demolished an FSB-commissioned ’linguistic assessment’ used to back extraordinary ‘separatism’ charges against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov | detail

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16.08.2017

At least 22 Ukrainian websites blocked in Russian-occupied Crimea

Three years after Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, at least 22 Ukrainian websites are totally or partially blocked, with some of the restrictions not formally registered and therefore impossible to challenge. | detail

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03.08.2017

Ukraine’s SBU charges journalist with ’treason’ over anti-Ukrainian publications for Russia Today

Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] has arrested a Zhytomyr blogger and journalist whom they accuse of “preparing and circulating anti-Ukrainian material on the instructions of Russian supervisors”. The charges include state treason so, if convicted, Vasyl Muravytsky could face a 15-year prison sentence | detail

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02.08.2017

Donbas militants ‘sentence’ blogger to 14 years for "spreading negative information"

A so-called military court in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] has sentenced two Ukrainians to huge sentences for what it calls ‘state treason’. Since the alleged ‘treason’ involved spreading ‘negative information’ on the Internet, it seems likely that one of the two people is Edward Nedelyaev, a prominent Luhansk blogger, seized in November 2016 | detail

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21.07.2017

Two Donbas men get 5-year prison sentences for ‘Russian world’ anti-Ukraine social media groups

The Donetsk Regional Court of Appeal has upheld five-year sentences passed on two young men for creating several social network groups with a pronounced anti-Ukrainian, pro-militant position. | detail

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20.07.2017

Journalists & rights activists warn against continuing "real tradition of impunity" a year after Pavel Sheremet’s murder

It is exactly one year since Pavel Sheremet, the renowned Belarusian journalist and former prisoner of conscience was killed by a car bomb in Kyiv. Friends and fellow journalists are holding a gathering to mark a Year without Pavel at the time he was killed a year ago, after which they will march to the President’s Administration, the SBU and others to demand a more effective investigation. | detail

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20.07.2017

Crimean Tatar jailed for Facebook reposts critical of Russian occupation of Crimea

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Emil Minasov to one year and three months’ imprisonment for supposed ‘incitement to enmity’ on Facebook. This appears to be how the FSB – and judge Anna Klimova – chose to view posts or reposts critical of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. | detail

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17.07.2017

Donbas militants admit to holding journalist Stanyslav Aseyev prisoner for "spying"

Days after the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] declared journalist Stanyslav Aseyev ‘missing’, and six weeks after he disappeared, the militants have admitted to holding him prisoner and claim to suspect him of ‘spying’.. | detail

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15.07.2017

Ukrainian legislators propose scary Russia style restrictions on freedom of expression

Media and human rights groups have reacted with alarm to two draft bills which, in the name of protecting national security, propose some seriously disturbing restrictions which are reminiscent of those applied in Russia. They have called on the authors of the two bills to withdraw them, and point out that democracy is impossible in any countries whose authorities arbitrarily restrict freedom of expression | detail

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14.07.2017

Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov faces 5-year sentence over FSB rigged translation

At least one of the mistakes in the faulty translation of Ilmi Umerov’s interview in Crimean Tatar was almost certainly a deliberate distortion to enable charges under Article 280.1, the 2014 addition to the criminal code increasingly used against critics of Russia’s occupation of Crimea | detail

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13.07.2017

CPJ slams Ukrainian investigation into journalist Pavel Sheremet’s killing

The Committee to Protect Journalists has published a report which is highly critical of Ukraine’s investigation into the killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet | detail

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